Posts Tagged ‘Nowak’

Nowak courts Chinese rail investors

Monday, 30 July 2012

China Railways CRH5 at Qinhuangdao. Photo 颐园新居.

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Poland’s Transport Minister, Slawomir Nowak, has concluded a 5 day official visit to China. The visit took place at the invitation of China’s Transport Minister, Li Shenglin. The Polish delegation included Poland’s rail minister, Andrzej Massel, and the head of Poland’s Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ), Sławomir Majman. Other members of his delegation included representatives of PKP PLK, PKP Cargo, LHS, DCT, and the ports of Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin-Swinoujscie.

In China key meetings took place with the Deputy Minister for Trade, Zhong Shanan, and the Deputy Minister of Transport, Weng Mengyong, Other important meeting took place with representatives of some of China’s largest transport companies : China Shipping Container Lines, Cosco Shipping Line & Cosco Freight Forwarding Company, Shanghai Electric and the GeoHarbour Group.

Is it significant that meetings appear to have only taken place at deputy minister level? The official website of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Transport Ministry – always keen to promote China to the rest of the world – are strangely silent on Nowak’s visit.

The purpose of the visit was to promote Poland as an attractive country for investment and a good place to do business in. Given the rapid transformation of China’s railways over the last two decade it is remarkable that no meetings appear to have been held with Chinese locomotive and rolling stock manufacturers, or with Chinese railway construction companies.

It is too early yet to judge whether the visit will succeed in its aims and improve relations between the two countries; a relationship which is still soured by mutual recriminations over the collapse of the Covec contract for building part of the A2 motorway.


Nowak moves to plug gaps in Rail Reg. Office

Monday, 12 March 2012

Ex Minister’s appeal to National Audit Office

In the wake of last week’s catastrophic accident at Szczekociny, former Transport Minister, Jerzy Polaczyk, has requested that the Urzad Transport Kolejowy (Office of the Railway Transport Regulator) be investigated by the Najwysza Izba Kontroli (National Audit Office).

In his submission Polaczyk has pointed out that in 2010, a person without any railway or practical experience was appointed to the  Chair of UTK in direct contravention of the requirements stipulated in the relevant railway transport Act.

Subsequently writes Nowak, that person was fired, but not before she had dismissed all 7 of the UTK’s regional directors. People with no railway experience whatsoever were brought in on short-term (and expensive!) contracts and experienced staff started to leave.

The result was a management vacuum which led compromised UTK’s ability to oversee the effectiveness of the safety regime on the railway, at a time when railway companies were slimming down their own safety officers and cutting back on training.

Infrastructure Minister Slawomir Nowak has responded quickly to the possibility of a NIK inspection. On Monday, Marek Slowikowski was appointed to the position of Director General of UTK, a post he had been occupying in an acting capacity for several months.

On Friday, UTK announced that it is calling for candidates to apply for the post of Chair of UTK – a position that has been vacant since January this year. BTWT readers who feel they have the necessary qualifications may download the job description and application procedures from the UTK’s website here.